Gregg Popovich ‘pleased’ with Spurs, but ‘you’ve got to make shots’

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The San Antonio Spurs prepared to rebound from a horrendous Game 1 showing at the Golden State Warriors by simplifying defensive concepts, cranking up their physicality and aggression and improving their shooting.

The Spurs accomplished all but the most fundamental of those lofty goals, as poor shooting once again doomed the club in a 116-101 loss to the Warriors that dropped them to 0-2 in this best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series.

“I was pleased with them tonight,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of his players. “They executed the game plan wonderfully. Their physicality was great. We were aggressive, played very well. But the ball has to go in the basket. That’s the difference in the ballgame. They shot [48.4] percent from 3. I don’t know what we shot — 14 percent, 4-for-28. That’s tough to overcome.”

San Antonio’s 14.3 percent accuracy from 3-point range in Game 2 registered as its second-worst percentage from long distance in a postseason game (minimum 20 attempts) since 1997-98, Popovich’s first full season as head coach, according to research

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